within the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania is an island. Yes that's
right an island; near the picturesque Delaware Water Gap in the
middle of the Delaware River is an island. And on this island
you will find 24 outstanding holes of the 27 that make up the Shawnee Inn Golf
Originally designed and built in 1906 by infamous
golf architect A.W. Tillinghast, it has long been know as one
of the gems on the east coast.
With some tight tree lined fairways and Par 3 greens with
no room from error from the tee, Shawnee is a true "shot makers"
The ability to accurately strike the ball with directional
precision should leave you in good shape to score well. But if your
tendency is to spread your ball around you could be in trouble on
some holes fast at Shawnee.
ability to hit the long tee shot will put you into position on the Par 5's.
The Par 5's are reachable in two but the testy green side bunkers come into
play, so pay attention to your course management.
the time of our visit the course was in excellent condition. We were mired in a
serious east coast rain storm and the course held up wonderfully.
Even though the rain did soak our ability to play the game, the
drainage on both the fairways and greens was not much of an issue on
any hole played before play was suspended.
Our favorite hole was not even one we played because of the rain.
But we were able to observe a couple of foursomes play the hole the
On the Friday afternoon before
our round we took out a cart to preview the course and take
pictures prior to the in pending rain.
The Number 2 hole on
the red course is a 159 yard Par 3 with an
extreme test of accuracy. From the tee your faced with a tee shot across the Delaware River
onto the island.
You can see from the picture
to the right above, accuracy is the key to playing the hole well.
Any shot hit fat, pushed right or hooked left will be severely
affected. The only escape is to hit it hard and if anything make
sure your take enough club up to the tee because on this hole the
only safe area is beyond the green straight ahead.